TEST ON: Reds and Allora forward Greg Holmes is in contention for selection in the starting side for the Wallabies against England on Saturday night.
TEST ON: Reds and Allora forward Greg Holmes is in contention for selection in the starting side for the Wallabies against England on Saturday night. CRAIG GOLDING

Warwick president reckons Holmes must start at prop

RUGBY UNION: Warwick Water Rats club president Neil McCosker is at odds with English rugby coach Eddie Jones – Allora prop Greg Holmes should start for the Wallabies in the Test at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

In a rare move, an opposing coach released what he thought would be the Wallabies starting side for the first of the internationals against England in Brisbane

According to media reports, Holmes wasn’t a starting prop in the Jones team, the English coach tipped Sekope Kepu and Scott Sio to get the one and three jerseys.

“Holmes is one of the best scrummagers in the world. The scrum will be a key against big boys like the Poms,” McCosker said.

“He (Holmes) should be the first prop selected for the Wallabies.”

McCosker knows a little about the front row. The Warwick president started his footy career at fullback and ended up in the front row for the Water Rats.

“The scrum was one of the strengths for the Wallabies in the World Cup,” he said.

The Water Rats have an away game in B-grade in Roma and according to McCosker they are all serious about their own game so wouldn’t be heading to Suncorp but will be watching with interest.

“Club members talk a lot about Holmes being a local.”

Water Rats prop Vlad Savovski said he hadn’t watched too much of the Super Rugby this season to comment in detail.

“Holmes has improved his scrummaging over the years and did well mainly off the bench in the World Cup,’ Savovski said.

“He is up there for selection for the starting front row and has a good workrate around the park.”



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